Barbed wire comes down at Houston schools

February 26, 2010 4:38:59 AM PST
Dozens of Houston schools no longer leave a first impression that pupils are housed in a prison-like environment. On Thursday, contractors wrapped up a three-month project to rid 68 schools of nearly 100,000 feet of barbed wire atop chain-link fences surrounding the campuses.

When new Superintendent Terry Grier arrived five months ago from San Diego, the sight of the barbed wire reminded him of "a reform school or a penal school." So he ordered it taken down.

Less than a quarter of the schools in the Houston district had the barbed wire. Some parents told the Houston Chronicle they liked seeing the wire come down, but others said they feared criminals would be more tempted to break in.